For my family, the holidays are all about desserts. From pies and cakes to Christmas cookies, November and December are great months for our sweet teeth. Since being diagnosed with celiac, I’ve had to stop indulging in a lot of the sweets of the season. Whenever we get a gift basket full of homemade cookies, I just sigh. When I was visiting my mom the other day, there was a gift basket of cookies and other sweets. I was prepared to ignore it when my mom told me it was for me.
Tates Gluten Free Entire Gift Basket
Tate’s Bake Shop was founded by Kathleen King and offers gift baskets of baked goods for anyone and any occasion- including a wide gluten free collection for celiacs like me! My gift basket included several types of cookies, a brownie, a blondie, and peppermint bark.
Tate's Gluten Free Bake Shop
Unlike many gluten-free foods, these were enjoyed by the whole family. Although we’re not crispy cookie fans- and that’s a personal preference- these crispy cookies were delicious. Softened in milk, the chocolate chip cookies tasted just like my great-aunt used to make. The brownie was soft and fudgey, and the blondie was out of this world good. Plus, the peppermint bark was both delicious AND festive. My husband kept asking for bites of my brownie, and my mom was a fan of the peppermint bark. The ginger zinger cookies had a strong ginger flavor, which was a lot different than most ginger cookies I’ve had.
Tates Gluten Free Cookies
If you’re looking for a gift for a celiac, Tate’s Bake Shop offers a variety of gift baskets with gluten free options. There are even some with savory and salty foods! If you’re attached to a certain food from one of the gift baskets (like me and the blondie, which I’ve raved about to everyone who will listen), you can also buy packs of individual items. Not a celiac? Not to worry! There are plenty of wheat-filled options available too. Tate’s Bake Shop seems to offer something for everyone. Check out their pies for holiday get-togethers, or send a gift of raspberry squares. If purchased goods aren’t your style but you still want to try out Tate’s delicious baked goods, they even offer a cookbook.

Tates Cookies Gluten Free
If you’re needing a gift idea this holiday season and know someone with a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Tate’s Bake Shop.

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One person will receive a Gluten Free Tate’s Gift Basket just like the one pictured above! (The ceramic Christmas tree is not included. That’s just some of my Christmas decor.)
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Thanks to the medical problems happening in my family right now, I spend a lot of time on the go.  Lately I have  found myself having medical conference calls with a team of specialists for one family member while driving another one home from Vanderbilt, three hours away.  (And, yes, I have my phone connected to my car so I can have hands free conversations.)  Spending so much time on the go leaves me with a problem; making sure all my family members get to places they need to go.  It’s hard to coordinate school drop offs and pick ups, extracurricular activities and volunteer work for my kids when I am hours away.  That’s why my son has the AT&T GoPhone so we can keep in touch.
At&T Gophone

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Gluten Free Cranberry Turkey Salad Recipe

by Pam on November 26, 2014

Having to cook a huge Thanksgiving dinner leaves me with a copious amount of leftovers. I have no problem with this because it means quick meals for the next few days. My family, on the other hand, express their displeasure. “Leftovers, again? When are we going to have something different?” I discovered the best way to deal with these comments, other than telling them to eat the leftovers and be happy, is to sneakily transform the leftovers into different meals. One of my favorite twists is making a Turkey Salad. I can use the leftover celery, cranberries and turkey in the fridge, plus I have a tasty filling for lunchbox sandwiches.  I found this Gluten Free Cranberry Turkey Salad recipe on the Hellman’s website, but, because I can never leave recipes exactly the way they are, changed some of the ingredients around.
Cranberry Turkey Salad Sandwiches recipe
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My Secret Travel Arsenal #tpplus

by Pam on November 25, 2014

This #tpplus campaign is part of a #sponsored campaign, but, as always, all opinions are my own. #ad
When people talk about getting older, they often focus on the negative. “Where did these stupid laugh lines around my eyes come from?” “What do you mean, my metabolism slows down so I can no longer eat whatever I want?” It’s easy to forget to focus on the positive things I’ve learned over the years like I can be anything I want in life, don’t listen to negative people who try to bring you down, or kids are more resilient than I suspected when mine were infants. Or maybe it just took other people less time to realize this than it did me. Whatever the case, I’m more confident now than I was several years ago.  While I am more confident than I used to be, there’s one thing that always shakes my confidence; public restrooms.  Yes, you hear me correctly, public restrooms.
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I usually plan and host several holiday dinners and potlucks during November and December.  Back in my “BC” life (before children), it was no problem to plan a party for thirty, shop, clean, cook and prepare.  I don’t know if it is because I am older or lazier, but now I want easy decor I can pull together in less than half an hour.  Really, I’m good with fifteen or twenty minute decor; the shorter, the better.  I’m also thrifty and don’t want to fork out a lot of money for items I only use a few times a year.  Plus, after the unfortunate accident where someone (Bryan) broke the antlers off of my favorite Rudolph decoration and beheaded Mrs. Santa, I wanted to save on Christmas decor whenever I could.  I’ve downloaded the Shopular App to my phone and when  it alerted me to a one day 50% off dinnerware shop at World Market, I decided to have some retail therapy.
Easy Christmas Tablescape

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Made Easy with Calphalon)

November 23, 2014

I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. Since we’ve had loads of medical issues in our family lately, Bryan has also pitched in to help when he has a chance. The problem? His solution to meals is eggs; fried eggs, scrambled eggs or boiled eggs pretty much covers his cooking repertoire. Although, [...]

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What I Learned at The Mom’s Meet Wow Summit 2014

November 22, 2014

“Do the best you can 80% of the time and don’t worry about the other 20%,” our speaker at the Mom’s Meet WOW Summit in sunny Orlando, advised. This piece of advice resounded with me so much, I have decided to adopt it as my motto.  We’ve had our share of health problems around our [...]

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